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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

We consider stepping down in intensity of care important to the process of emerging into a new recovery process. Typically, structures of care go from most intensive or structured, to the least. Intensive Outpatient is considered one of the lower levels of care where individuals typically attend treatment five days per week, three hours per day. This programming schedule includes meeting with a therapist and case manager. At this level of care, individuals are beginning to reintegrate into their lives, spend more time in their recovery capital, and begin to balance recovery-based activities with life.  

What is an IOP?

Intensive Outpatient is a specific level of care that ranges from 9-15 hours per week of clinical programming. At any IOP program the individual will do clinical groups, meet with one or two people from a clinical team for sessions, and sometimes psychiatry services will be offered. This template is standard for programs across the treatment landscape.  

At New Directions for Women, the IOP program consists of educational groups related to the physiological effects of physical dependence for women, dialectical behavioral therapy, experiential work on self-love, and exploring narratives that keep the physical dependence close. Each person in our program will meet with a therapist weekly to address prioritized needs, and a case manager to address the relationship with substances. Additionally, each client meets with a mental health psychiatric nurse practitioner to address any medication needs, medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), or medication assisted treatment (MAT).  

Benefits of IOP

Here are four significant advantages of IOP:

Individuals at this level of care are able to work, take care of family obligations, attend school with little interference.

Having the support of peers, clinical teams, and supportive process allows for the sharing of feelings that come up for individuals attempting to redirect their lives. This can be a lonely process but with the help of others the supportive nature of IOP can go a long way.

Families are included in the process and are invited to attend the family group on Saturdays, the family support group on Mondays, and individual sessions as needed. We are here to support creating a shared language that helps everyone understand their relationship to the substances. 

While focusing on recovery from addiction, people may keep up with their commitments by enrolling in an intensive outpatient program. They can do this since they don’t have to move out of their homes to attend therapy. Therapy sessions and treatment services occur only a few days a week during the daytime.

IOPs for substance abuse allow clients to maintain their current responsibilities, such as employment, school, and family life.

The Benefits of Women's IOP

Intensive Outpatient Program

Recovery Groups
Weekly Therapy
Family Involvement

Learn More About New Directions for Women Addiction Center in Southern California

Our Orange County, California, an intensive outpatient program is designed for those who have trouble with their addiction but have access to a secure living situation, such as a sober living facility or a loving family. We provide intensive outpatient services at New Directions for Women throughout the day and evening. We also have a partial hospitalization program for people who need additional treatment. 

Individuals who have completed inpatient treatment might benefit significantly from New Directions for Women’s intensive outpatient program (IOP). Our IOP focuses on developing recovery skills and providing addiction therapy. 

Every member of our client population deserves to experience the joy of recovering from drug abuse. The goal of our highly trained addiction treatment staff is to help people as they build a life of recovery.  

 Contact us to learn more about our program and how we can help. 

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Picture of Heather Black-Coyne, LMFT, CADC II, Chief Clinical Officer

Heather Black-Coyne, LMFT, CADC II, Chief Clinical Officer

Heather most recently served as the Clinical Director of a gender-specific treatment center in Huntington Beach. She is trained in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which serve the needs of our clients, many of whom have experienced both complex trauma and substance use disorder.

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